Adoption Support and Preservation Services

Supporting Preserving Adoptive Families
Supporting and Preserving Adoptive Families: Profiles of Publicly Funded Post-Adoption Services

This publication, funded by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, is part of the Institute’s national "Keeping the Promise" initiative. It provides the most extensive examination to date of what post-adoption services states are providing, who is eligible to receive them and how they are being funded.

DAI simultaneously has published a companion report, “Keeping the Promise: The Case for Adoption Support and Preservation (ASAP),” which synthesizes past knowledge and provides new DAI research from eight states and from national data on the extent of adopted children re-entering foster care, the circumstances involved in both foster care re-entry and adoption dissolutions, and the significant number of children adopted from foster care who require ongoing mental health services.

Author: Susan Livingston Smith

Published: April 2014

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Keeping the Promise: The Case for Adoption Support and Preservation

This publication, funded by The Freddie Mac Foundation, also is part of the Institute’s "Keeping the Promise" initiative. It synthesizes past knowledge and provides new DAI research from eight states and from national data on the extent of adopted children re-entering foster care, the circumstances involved in both foster care re-entry and adoption dissolutions, and the significant number of children adopted from foster care who require ongoing mental health services.

DAI has also published a related study, “Supporting and Preserving Adoptive Families: Profiles of Publicly Funded Adoption Initiatives,” as part of a nationwide initiative sponsored by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. It provides the most extensive examination to date of what services states are providing, who is eligible to receive them and how they are being funded.

Author: Susan Livingston Smith. Contributing authors: Dr. Penelope Maza, Dr. Joseph Magruder, John Sciamanna and Dr. Jeanne Howard

Published: March 2014

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The Vital Role of Adoption Subsidies: Increasing Permanency and Improving Children’s Lives

This Issue Brief is part of the Institute’s "Keeping the Promise" initiative, is a nationwide effort – in partnership with the North American Council on Adoptable Children – to preserve state funding for adoption subsidies, which are an essential tool for enabling children and youth to move from foster care into permanent, loving, successful families.The Resources for Advocates include state data (as well as general legislative, budget and child welfare policy sources) to supplement the national information in the Issue Brief.

Author: Georgia Deoudes, NACAC

Published: September 2012

Congressional Briefing on Post-Adoption Services

DAI, along with the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, Voice for Adoption, the North American Council on Adoptable Children, Child Welfare League of America, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and the Center for Adoption Support and Education, launched a national initiative calling for post-adoption services to help families succeed.

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Published: May 2011

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Keeping The Promise: The Critical Need for Post-Adoption Services to Enable Children and Families to Succeed

This extensive examination of adoptive families in the United States, concludes that too many are not receiving the essential services they need, and calls for a reshaping of national priorities and resources to develop and provide such services.

Author: Susan Smith

Published: October 2010